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Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf)

Beef Plant, Beefsteak Plant, Bloodleaf, Chicken Gizzard


A popular foliage plant, Iresine herbstii (Bloodleaf) is a short-lived tender perennial that is usually grown as a summer bedding annual or houseplant in most areas. While the flowers are inconspicuous and present no interest, the oval purple-red leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), are incredibly showy. Usually notched at their tips, they display contrasting hot-pink midribs and veins. Easy to grow and low maintenance, Bloodleaf is terrific as a bedding annual or planted in containers where it never fails to add drama. Bring indoors for winter beyond its hardiness range.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall and wide (30-90 cm) and up to 2-5 ft. tall (60-150 cm) in its native habitat.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in rich, moist, well-drained soils. Keep soils consistently moist in the growing season, but reduce moisture from fall to late winter.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew, aphids and spider mites.
  • Pinch tips to encourage bushy growth. Pinch out flower buds to concentrate plant energies on the foliage.
  • Propagate by cuttings taken in fall, which may be easily rooted in water, to produce new plants for spring and summer display.
  • Native to Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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